WHEN HAV­ING AN STI DIDN’T MEAN A TRIP TO YOUR LO­CAL GP

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

Sub­aru Tec­nica In­ter­na­tional (STI) was formed in 1988 to look af­ter all of the mo­tor sport and rally ac­tiv­i­ties for the Sub­aru brand. This in­cluded tak­ing a lead­ing hand in the de­vel­op­ment of the first-gen­er­a­tion tur­bocharged Legacy. As the di­rec­tion of rally cars changed, STI teamed up with Bri­tish rally and mo­tor sport spe­cial­ists Pro­drive in the UK. To­gether, STI and Pro­drive took the com­pact Im­preza shell and turned it into a mon­ster. Sub­aru in­tro­duced the WRX at the 1993 1000 Lakes Rally, im­me­di­ately achiev­ing a podium on its de­but. In 1994, the 555 rally car was in­tro­duced. The 555 be­came known sim­ply as the ‘STI’ and fea­tured more play­ful sus­pen­sion that could take on more ag­gres­sive pot­holes and jumps, as well as a shorter throw in the gear­box, cul­mi­nat­ing in three WRC Con­struc­tors’ Cham­pi­onships.

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